DeWalt Recalls More Than 1 Million Miter Saws Due to Injury Risk

The rear blade guard can break or detach during use

Recalled DeWALT Model DWS779 Source: CPSC

DeWalt has recalled about 1,364,000 miter saws because the rear blade guard can detach, posing a projectile hazard to bystanders, as well as a laceration hazard to the person using the saw if they were to come into contact with the spinning blade. DeWalt has received 571 reports of the rear blade guard detaching or breaking, including nine reports of laceration injuries, according to the announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The miter saw recall applies to DeWalt models DWS779, DWS780, and DHS790. Consumer Reports does not currently test miter saws but does test cordless drills and impact drivers, including models from DeWalt.

Details of the Miter Saw Recall

The recall: This recall includes about 1,364,000 DeWalt 12-inch miter saws, plus an additional 118,600 sold in Canada. The three models of saws involved have date codes ranging from April 2019 to April 2022. The model numbers of the recalled units are DWS779, DWS780, and DHS790. For the DWS779 and DWS780 models, the date codes are marked on the black plastic motor end cap adjacent to the nameplate. For the DHS790 model, the date code is marked on the outside of the plastic yellow housing adjacent to the batteries. Only saws without a green dot on the nameplate or a black dot on the arm of the saw are included in this recall.

The risk: The saws’ plastic blade guard can break or detach during use, posing a projectile hazard to bystanders. The exposed blade can also then pose a laceration hazard to the user.

Incidents/injuries: DeWalt has received 571 reports of incidents, including nine reports of lacerations.

Where and when sold: Home Depot, Lowe’s, and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, Lowes.com, and other websites from April 2019 through May 2022 for between $600 and $820.

The remedy: Stop using the recalled miter saw and contact DeWalt for details on how to receive a free repair kit or how to take their saw to a DeWalt service center for a free repair. DeWalt is directly contacting all known purchasers.

Contact information: Call DeWalt at 800-990-6421 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. You can also reach the company online through its recall page.

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to SaferProducts.gov.


Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.